Ecclesiastical and ecclesiastic

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Ecclesiastical and ecclesiastic are two words that mean the same thing but may be used as different parts of speech. We will examine the definition of ecclesiastical and ecclesiastic, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

Ecclesiastical and ecclesiastic both describe something that is related to the Christian Church, something that is appropriate to be used in the Christian Church. Ecclesiastical and ecclesiastic may refer to the clergy, organization, writings or physical items in the Christian Church. Ecclesiastical and ecclesiastic are both adjectives, but ecclesiastic is also used as a noun. The adverb form is ecclesiastically. The words ecclesiastical and ecclesiastic are derived from the Greek word ekklesiastikos which means someone who is a member of the assembly.


The first Primate was Cardinal Mikołaj Trąba. Gniezno was the first Metropolitan Diocese in Poland and can be compared to Canterbury in this country since they are both considered as ecclesiastical capitals. (The Independent Catholic News)

And while ecclesiastical themes have manifested on many a runway, they’ve also permeated pop culture’s above-the-neck aesthetics, to equal parts sanctified and sacrilegious effect. (Vogue Magazine)

he Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace, Dr. Anthony J. V. Obinna who gave the advice while preaching during a concelebrated Mass at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri, also pleaded with them to overcome their ever growing passion for fashion. (Vanguard)

The 19th century French ecclesiastic, preacher, journalist and political activist Henri-Dominique Lacordaire famously said, “between the rich and the poor, between the master and the servant, between the strong and the weak, it is freedom that oppresses and the law that sets free.” (Canadian Lawyer Magazine)

“Laudato Si” is only partly filled with a language of social concern and political shaming; it remains dominated by a “classical” ecclesiastic language that emphasizes that God has made human beings central to — and thus, responsible for — the natural environment. (The Washington Post)